How to Smooth Skin in Lightroom Mobile

How to Smooth Skin in Lightroom Mobile

How to Smooth Skin in Lightroom Mobile

Lightroom Mobile is steadily becoming one of the most popular apps for editing photos on the go.  Even professional photographers are starting to use it to edit some of their photos, so its a great idea to learn how to edit with Lightroom Mobile if you want your images to look more professional when you on the run or only have access to your mobile devices!

One important feature photographers need in Lightroom mobile is the ability to make selective edits (which only affects a specific area) to images, like whitening teeth, brightening eyes, and smoothing skin.

In this tutorial, I will help you learn how to make selective edits in Lightroom Mobile and more specifically, how to smooth your subject's skin.

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There are a few reasons why you may want to smooth your subject's skin.  There may be grain showing in the image that's unflattering to your subject's skin, or your subject may have acne or wrinkles that are causing a natural skin texture issue. 

If you need to smooth your subject's skin in Lightroom Mobile, just follow the steps below for beautiful skin in no time:

Step 1: Choose the Image

Tap on the image that you think needs some skin smoothing.  Once the image is open in the editing area of Lightroom Mobile, use your fingers (on the screen of your mobile device) to zoom in on the area of your photo that you want to smooth.

Smooth Skin Lightroom Mobile

Step 2: Choose the Selective Editing Brush

Now that you are zoomed in on the area that you want to smooth, tap on the Selective Edit icon at the bottom of the screen (this is the first icon on the left).  Once the selective edit options are open, tap the "+" icon at the top of the screen and then tap the brush icon to open several different brush options that appear on the left side of your screen.  Tap on the circle that has a soft-edged dot in the middle (see image below).

Skin Smoothing in Lightroom Mobile

Step 3: Brush Over the Skin

Next, use your finger to brush over the skin that you want to smooth.   It will look like you are brushing red paint all over your subject, but DON'T PANIC!  The red areas are just a mask to show you where you are brushing on the image.

Personally, I avoid smoothing over the eyes, nose, and lips to ensure those areas stay as sharp as possible.

Note, that when you start brushing (with your finger) a small diamond shape will appear.  This diamond will allow you to come back and make changes to your edit if needed.  The diamond will turn blue when it's selected and the edit is ready for further adjustments.  If you don't want to see the red overlay mentioned above, just tap on the blue diamond shape one time, to turn it off.

If you accidentally brush over an area that you didn't mean to, tap on the small eraser icon on the left of the screen.  Then use your finger to brush over the areas that you didn't mean to smooth.

How to Smooth Skin Texture in Lightroom Mobile

Step 4: Apply the Smoothing

Once you have brushed over all the skin areas you want to smooth, tap on the Detail icon at the bottom of the screen and then adjust the Sharpness Slider to around -40 and the Noise Slider to around +30.  When you are ready to apply your changes, tap the check mark in the bottom-right corner next to the words "Selective Edits" to commit.

Personally, I like to keep my skin smoothing fairly subtle. But if your subject needs more skin smoothing or if your trying to compensate for a lot of grain in your image, feel free to experiment with the settings above to add even more smoothing.

How to Smooth Skin in Lightroom Mobile


Lightroom Mobile's powerful new tools make it simple and easy to smooth skin on the go, in just a few clicks.

Whether you're a veteran Lightroom desktop user or a just a casual photographer editing your family snapshots, you will find that the FREE Lightroom Mobile App is a POWERFUL editing tool to add to your arsenal.

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